President Petro Poroshenko emphasizes that Ukraine faces special challenges related to the final stage of the presidential election campaign.
During the solemn events on the occasion of the 27th anniversary of the establishment of the Security Service of Ukraine, President Petro Poroshenko noted: “I emphasize that the stakes in these elections are extremely high. We will choose the future of Ukraine for the long term. For the efforts and sacrifices of people not to be in vain, we must confirm the immutability of our course. We make a choice between “to be” and “not to be”.
“Putin is convinced that if his plan to change power in Ukraine works, it will become possible to change the European and Euro-Atlantic course of Ukraine. To do this, he uses the whole arsenal of the “hybrid” war, in particular in the information space. His fake news spread lies and hatred, discord,” the Head of State noted.
“Everyone notices the attempts to switch the election campaign to a format of street clashes. The Kremlin needs bloodshed, Ukrainian blood. Friends, this is not a scenario of someone’s victory in the elections. It’s an attempt to disrupt the elections,” the President noted. He emphasized that such a development was not a Ukrainian scenario.
“Our scenario is to hold a transparent and fair electoral process, to ensure a fair vote count. Only then will we be able to continue the course of the last five years. This is my duty as of President of Ukraine and the guarantor of the constitutional rights and freedoms of Ukrainian citizens. This is a job and a matter of honor of the Security Service, a test of professionalism and quality of work of your service,” the Head of State remarked.
He noted that particular concern was caused by the subversion of Russia, including in cyberspace, as well as its attempts to bring the law enforcement agencies to the side of this or that political force, including the opposition. “They will not succeed,” Petro Poroshenko added.
“The subject of special activity and attention of the Security Service should be to prevent the attempts to interfere in the work of the computer systems of the CEC and information resources, which will spread the data on the course and the results of the vote count. This is a matter of your honor,” the President said.
At the same time, according to him, nobody lifts the responsibility from the Security Service for blocking the terrorist threats, protecting critical infrastructure objects and fighting organized crime. “During the election period, all provocations are possible – from misinformation to sabotage, subversion and terrorist acts. In the end, one cannot forget that the Russian army is waiting for our first weakness to start the invasion,” Petro Poroshenko emphasized.
“So, I ask the Security Service to work in full during this responsible period.We simply have no room for mistake,” he summed up.